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Deadline: February 20, 2015
Winner is: Judged & Voted
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Lovers of Light Photo Contest

Lovers of Light Photo Contest

Returning for its third year, VELUX Lovers of Light is a photography competition inspired by natural light. Roof window manufacturer VELUX has teamed up with Blipfoto to invite amateur and professional photographers alike to creatively capture a moment of daylight, celebrating the role natural light plays in our daily lives. Whether the photo features a mountain scene, woodland walk, sea view or cityscape, we are challenging people to think differently about daylight.

The competition is free to enter and there is no limit to the number of entries you can make. However, each entry must be posted against the date it was taken, with only one entry per date.
The judges will be looking for the photo that best uses and displays the landscape, and, importantly the light. Entries from camera phones are just as welcome as photos from SLR cameras.

The judges

Tom Dyckhoff, writer and broadcaster

Tom Dyckhoff is a writer and broadcaster specialising in architecture, cities and places. He is architecture critic for The Culture Show and has written and presented many documentaries on both television and radio, including The Secret Life of Buildings, Saving Britain’s Past, and I Love Carbuncles. Most recently he presented The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2, which has already been recommissioned for a second series. Further to his broadcast work, he writes a weekly column for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine and regularly guest lectures at a variety of universities. Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and has been on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for architecture since 2008

Dr. Russell Foster, Professor at Oxford University and daylight expert

Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of Department of Ophthalmology at Oxford University.  Russell’s research spans basic and applied circadian and photoreceptor biology. He has a keen interest in daylight and the effects of light on our body clock, sleep, human behaviours and overall health.  Multi award winning and highly respected in his field, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

Sarah Butterfield, Artist

Sarah is an established figurative artist. She studied at the Ruskin School of Fine Art at Oxford and her distinctive paintings have been exhibited in the UK, USA and the Far East. Sarah’s paintings encompass landscapes and still life, and her landscapes often include figures. Her paintings range from palm-sized studies painted outdoors, to diptychs more than three metres wide, created in the studio. Sarah paints the weather and time of day in her landscapes and has a particular gift for capturing a moment by painting the light. In the summer of 2013 Sarah was appointed Artist in Residence at the British Embassy in Paris and more recently exhibited at the London Olympics.

Joe Tree, founder of Blipfoto – the online photo sharing community

Edinburgh-based Joe Tree is the founder and CEO of Blipfoto, the global community of daily photo journalists. Joe began his own photo journal by taking a picture each day and uploading it online as a hobby, but his idea quickly spread and now with users in over 170 countries around the world, it has become a global phenomenon. Around five million photos have been posted on Blipfoto – each representing an individual day in someone’s life – with over 29 million shared comments. In 2009 Blipfoto was awarded a BAFTA Scotland award and since then it has gone on to collaborate with a number of organisations, from governments to national media. Joe has also spoken about Blipfoto at numerous high profile events, including TEDx, Social Media Week and Pecha Kucha.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Our winner will win the trip of a lifetime for two, to northern Finland’s summer of endless daylight, spending three nights, not under the stars, but in a low sun haze in a glass igloo. For your remaining four nights you will sleep in a rustic log cabin in the arctic resort of Kakslauttanen, taking an unforgettable trip to the stunning remote wilderness of Lemmenjoki National Park (where you can pan for gold in the rivers). Finally, we will send you on a journey along the River Lemmenjoki, and an incredible adventure to view the midnight sun. ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs and text entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured.

Entrants will retain copyright of the photographs and text that they submit to the competition. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the competition all entrants grant Blipfoto Ltd and its licensees the worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual right to store, use, copy, display, publish, transmit, edit, modify, reformat and exhibit all or any part of their photographs and text within Blipfoto & VELUX websites, publications and all other forms of media (electronic or otherwise). No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants who are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post competition publicity.

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